Article by: Kevin Go, Posted on Feb 25, 2013.
Samsung introduces the Galaxy Note 8.0, the device that takes the middle — larger than Galaxy Note 2 and smaller than Galaxy Note 10.1.
The latest member of Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of Android-powered tablets will soon take center stage at the Mobile World Congress that’s about to happen in just a little over twenty-four hours.
Aptly dubbed as the Note 8.0, Samsung has packed its S-Pen toting baby tablet with so much bells and whistles, the iPad Mini’s spec sheet severely pales in comparison.
The Galaxy Note 8 offers an LCD display with 1,280 by 800 pixel resolution crowned with the aforementioned S-Pen functionality courtesy of Wacom, it’s supposed to offer a better ‘doodling’ experience compared to other solutions such as capacitive styli. It will run the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system with the TouchWiz UI out of the box alongside a powerful [albeit dated] quad-core Exynos 4412 processor clocked at 1.6 gigahertz with two gigabytes worth of random access memory.
For comparison, the iPad Mini only has a resolution of 1,024 by 768 and the iOS 6 is managed by the two-years old, 1 gigahertz dual-core A5 ticker with 512 megabytes of RAM. Remember though, what Apple’s 8-inch tablet lacks in features, it more than makes up for it in astounding build quality, Samsung is renowned for outing devices that are ‘plasticky’ with unassuring build quality, we’re pretty sure that the Note 8.0 is will turn out the same.
Surely all the Note 8.0′s gizmos will come with a high price tag, thing is, if it is priced ‘right’ it isn’t at all impossible for the Note 8.0 to accomplish the same great deal of success that Apple’s smallest tablet was able to achieve — it can probably even best it.
Numerous reports are claiming that the Note 8.0 will be priced “slightly higher” than its iOS-powered counterpart which isn’t surprising, prices for the iPad Mini starts at $329 for the 16 gigabyte version — pretty expensive for this new dog’s rather ‘old’ tricks. If the 16 gigabyte Note 8.0′s price stays within the $329 neighborhood, we’re pretty sure Samsung’s already got a winner…
… at least until the iPad Mini 2 with an overhauled iOS 7 is launched.
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